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Company creates sales jobs in Atlanta

Tuesday, January 29th, 2019

One company is expanding and creating more sales jobs in Atlanta.

Salesforce Tower Atlanta, significantly expanding the company’s regional headquarters in Atlanta. As part of the expansion, Salesforce plans to add 600 new jobs locally, helping fuel the city’s economic development over the next five years.

The company will grow its footprint in The Atlanta Plaza in Buckhead, which will now be known as Salesforce Tower Atlanta.

Salesforce Tower Atlanta joins the ranks of other Salesforce regional headquarters, including Salesforce Tower New York, Salesforce Tower Indianapolis, Salesforce Tower London, and the company’s worldwide headquarters, Salesforce Tower San Francisco.

Salesforce will start moving into the newly renovated floors beginning in 2019.

Plans for the building include a renovated immersive lobby experience and top floor “Ohana Floor”, an open hospitality space for Salesforce employees, customers and partners, which is also available for nonprofits and local education groups on weeknights and weekends at no cost.

Salesforce has been named one of Fortune’s Best Places to Work for the past 10 years and was recently ranked one of Atlanta’s Best Places to Work by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Salesforce Tower Atlanta will be a hub for world-class, diverse talent, enabling the company to deliver innovations to its more than 150,000 customers around the world. Salesforce has nearly 600 employees in the Atlanta area and more than 32,000 employees worldwide. Atlanta is home to many Salesforce customers including Coca-Cola, InterContinental Hotels Group, SunTrust and Kabbage.

Salesforce employees in Atlanta are committing to deliver 25,000 total employee volunteer hours to local nonprofits in 2019. To date, Salesforce technology has powered more than 37,000 nonprofit and higher education institutions; Salesforce.org has provided more than $230 million in grants; and Salesforce employees have logged more than 3.2 million volunteer hours throughout the world.

Atlanta jobs increase

Tuesday, January 29th, 2019

Atlanta is busy adding more jobs to the economy.

Georgia Labor Commissioner Mark Butler said Atlanta set another record in December for total jobs.

At the same time, monthly numbers increased for labor force and number of employed. And, Atlanta maintained annual growth in all critical measures.

“Georgia had a very good year economically speaking in 2018,” Butler said. “As I look back over the year, our state added to its workforce, employed more residents and increased jobs. Many of our local communities set records.”

The unemployment rate for December, at 3.4 percent, was up 0.4 percent over the previous month. A year ago, the rate was 4.1 percent. That rate was tied for second lowest among the 14 MSAs. The rate increased in 13 of the 14 MSAs.

The labor force in Atlanta climbed by 21,459 in December to reach 3.1 million. That number is up by about 40,000 over the past year – an average monthly increase of about 3,400.

Atlanta added 7,805 employed residents in December, pushing the total to 2.9 million. The number is up 55,750 for the year, or about 4,600 per month.

Jobs grew by 8,600 in December to 2.8 million – a record high. Atlanta’s job total is up 69,300 over the year – an average monthly increase of about 5,700.

New Atlanta career paths for victims of crime

Tuesday, January 29th, 2019

The city is busy creating more Atlanta career paths for human trafficking victims.

The progressive legislation will help provide economic mobility and a road to self-sufficiency for young women who have experienced difficulty gaining living-wage employment due to poverty, sexual abuse and trafficking.

The newly announced initiative establishes a formal partnership between the City of Atlanta and Wellspring Living’s Women’s Academy. Women on the career track of the Women’s Academy receive 10 weeks of career training, followed by a 12-week paid apprenticeship.

When a participating woman successfully completes the apprenticeship, she will be considered for full employment, one of the final steps towards independence from a life of trafficking. Through the unanimously-approved partnership, the City of Atlanta will work with Wellspring Living to employ Wellspring Living’s Women’s Academy participants in an apprenticeship program following the completion of their career readiness training.

In January, Mayor Bottoms announced the establishment of a Senior Human Trafficking Fellow position within the City of Atlanta.

In April, Ouleye Warnock was appointed to the role, tasked with developing and implementing a Citywide policy blueprint on current anti-trafficking programs, critical gaps and recommended new or strengthened policies and practices.

In October, the City held its inaugural Human Trafficking Policy Roundtable, hosting more than 50 community leaders and experts to discuss new policy trends, adjustments being made to direct-services, the evolution of the healthcare delivery system, and opportunities for collaboration across the survivors’ services continuum.

The newly announced career path legislation is the most recent addition to a comprehensive suite of programs and services designed to eradicate human trafficking in the city of Atlanta.

Partnership to boost Atlanta tech jobs

Wednesday, December 26th, 2018

A new partnership will boost Atlanta tech jobs.

The Center for Workforce Innovation, a jobs training program focused on outcomes-based education for high-demand careers, will be housed at Atlanta Technical College, is the result of a public-private partnership with the City of Atlanta, Atlanta Committee for Progress and Atlanta Technical College. Initial funding for the Center was provided by Delta Air Lines, The Home Depot, SunTrust, Intercontinental Exchange, and Georgia Power, with additional support from McKinsey & Co. and other Atlanta-based institutions.

“Atlanta is internationally recognized for its dual focus on commerce and compassion,” said Mayor Bottoms. “Our business and civic leaders have a longstanding history of working together to strengthen communities. As we now partner Atlanta’s leading corporations with one of the nation’s best technical college systems, Atlanta residents gain a newfound opportunity to acquire the skills needed to earn higher wages and better provide for themselves and their families. One of the pillars of our vision for One Atlanta is ‘residents who are equipped for success.’ The Center for Workforce Innovation is a remarkable stride towards that goal, and I look forward to seeing Atlanta’s students graduate from the Center and into our workforce.”

“The Center for Workforce Innovation has the potential to transform workforce opportunity in Atlanta, by engaging the most reputable companies to develop a talent pipeline for key sectors,” said Larry Gellerstedt, Chairman of the Atlanta Committee for Progress, and Chairman and CEO of Cousins Properties. “This effort will advance economic mobility by offering life-changing career paths, while enabling generational impact by providing Atlanta residents access to high-wage jobs.”

The Center’s five partnering corporations will collectively invest an initial $2 million to pilot three career tracks including aircraft technical skills, information technology, and skilled trades such as carpentry and electrical construction and maintenance.

The $2 million investment will support high-quality instructors, a tuition balance forgiveness program and wraparound services including transportation vouchers.

Year Up Atlanta and career tech-program Per Scholas will also partner to ensure that students obtain meaningful outcomes.

In addition, WorkSource Atlanta, the City of Atlanta’s workforce development agency, will provide tuition assistance of up to $10,000 to qualified students, and all students will be eligible for additional dollars through the HOPE Career Grant.  The Center for Workforce Innovation will launch its pilot program with up to 200 inaugural students in the fall of 2019.

New initiative links victims to crime to Atlanta jobs

Wednesday, December 26th, 2018

A new city-wide initiative is helping to connect victims of human trafficking with Atlanta jobs.

The progressive legislation will help provide economic mobility and a road to self-sufficiency for young women who have experienced difficulty gaining living-wage employment due to poverty, sexual abuse and trafficking.

The newly announced initiative establishes a formal partnership between the Atlanta and Wellspring Living’s Women’s Academy. Women on the career track of the Women’s Academy receive 10 weeks of career training, followed by a 12-week paid apprenticeship.

When a participating woman successfully completes the apprenticeship, she will be considered for full employment, one of the final steps towards independence from a life of trafficking. Through the unanimously-approved partnership, the City of Atlanta will work with Wellspring Living to employ Wellspring Living’s Women’s Academy participants in an apprenticeship program following the completion of their career readiness training.

“During my first month as Mayor, I committed to addressing the full scope of Atlanta’s human trafficking issue, focusing on both prevention and intervention,” said Mayor Bottoms. “The City’s partnership with Wellspring Living, one of Atlanta’s foremost agencies in the fight to end human trafficking, will provide a path to financial independence to some of our city’s most vulnerable residents making them invaluable members of our City’s trained and qualified workforce. I applaud the leadership of Ouleye Warnock, Commissioner Kisha Powell, and Mary Frances Bowley, Executive Director of Wellspring Living, for their vision, leadership and collaboration toward this transformational public-nonprofit partnership.”

In January, Mayor Bottoms announced the establishment of a Senior Human Trafficking Fellow position within the City of Atlanta. In April, Ouleye Warnock was appointed to the role, tasked with developing and implementing a Citywide policy blueprint on current anti-trafficking programs, critical gaps and recommended new or strengthened policies and practices. In October, the City held its inaugural Human Trafficking Policy Roundtable, hosting more than 50 community leaders and experts to discuss new policy trends, adjustments being made to direct-services, the evolution of the healthcare delivery system, and opportunities for collaboration across the survivors’ services continuum.  The newly announced career path legislation is the most recent addition to a comprehensive suite of programs and services designed to eradicate human trafficking in the city of Atlanta.

 

 

Pay raise affects Atlanta police jobs

Wednesday, December 26th, 2018

A new pay raise will affect Atlanta police jobs.

Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms notified Atlanta Police Department officers that they will receive their first compensation adjustment on December 21, 2018.

On October 1, Mayor Bottoms announced a comprehensive plan to raise compensation for APD members, signing the legislation into law two weeks later on October 15.

During her October press conference, she stated that the city would make an investment towards police compensation by January 2019.

The disbursement of the first round of police pay raises on December 21st, delivers on the Administration’s promise ahead of schedule.

“The City of Atlanta has a world-class police force and its members deserve to be justly compensated,” said Mayor Bottoms. “Atlanta’s security relies on the recruitment and retention of law enforcement’s top talent. Thank you to Chief Erika Shields and the Atlanta Police Foundation for their leadership in helping the City keep its promise to those who make Atlanta a safe and welcoming city.”

Beginning December 21st, all police personnel at the Police Officer rank will see an increase in their pay and overall compensation—which will bring them to the competitive benchmark for their tier.

Other ranks will begin to see adjustments to reach the competitive benchmark beginning July 2019.

Pay increase to affect law enforcement jobs in Atlanta

Thursday, November 29th, 2018

A new pay increase authorized by city officials will increase pay for law enforcement jobs in Atlanta.

Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms signed legislation authorizing an unprecedented 30 percent pay increase for police officers as part of a focused and sustained effort to strengthen and support the men and women of the Atlanta Police Department and make Atlanta the safest big city in America.

“This is an historic step to improving public safety in our city,” said Mayor Bottoms. “Our police officers have a starting salary lower than our neighboring communities.  I hope that this increase in pay will not only help recruit and retain officers, but assure the public that safety is and always will be a top priority.”

The pay raise will come in two phases.

By January 2019, the city will budget an additional $10 million towards compensation for patrolling police and senior police officers.

By July 2019, those officers will be brought fully to the competitive benchmark identified within the recent Mercer compensation study.

These increases will be in addition to the initial increase in compensation of 3.1% included in Mayor Bottoms’ first budget introduced earlier this year.

The Administration has also committed to reviewing public safety compensation every two years going forward to ensure the department remains competitive.

The Atlanta Police Foundation commissioned a comprehensive market assessment in order to form base pay recommendations for APD’s police ranks.

Once the study was complete, Mayor Bottoms convened a series of priority meetings APD, the Atlanta Police Foundation, City of Atlanta officials and other key stakeholders to develop the proposal approved today.

 

Grants given for Atlanta jobs

Thursday, November 29th, 2018

A number of new grants are being allocated for Atlanta jobs.

WorkSource Atlanta (WSA) announced a $715,000 discretionary grant awarded to the agency by the Technical College System of Georgia.

In concert with partners at the State of Georgia, and under the leadership of newly appointed interim Executive Director Kimberlyn Daniel, WSA submitted a strategic plan to the governing State board detailing the steps taken to place the critical job training organization back on a trajectory of success and longevity.

“I want to thank Mayor Bottoms and our State partners for their support and belief in WSA’s programs,” said interim Executive Director Kimberlyn Daniel. “As we work in partnership with the Board of Directors and City leaders, I look forward to an innovative collaboration that will not only continue to right this ship, but also chart a course for sustainable success. The cultivation of meaningful community, non-profit and private partnerships will only extend WSA’s reach and help us fulfill our mission to assist our Atlantans with opportunity and pathways to well-paying jobs.”

WorkSource Atlanta will play a critical role in actualizing Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms’ One Atlanta vision—expanding equity and leveling the workforce playing field for all Atlantans citywide.

The discretionary grant signals a vote of confidence from the State’s governing body.

The Administration and WSA remain committed to a thriving workforce training initiative to grow Atlanta’s economy from the middle out through direct investments in the city’s most valuable assets—its residents.

 

City officials establish program for Atlanta jobs

Thursday, November 29th, 2018

City officials have announced a new program that will bolster Atlanta jobs.

The Center for Workforce Innovation is a jobs training program focused on outcomes-based education for high-demand careers.

The Center, which will be housed at Atlanta Technical College, is the result of a public-private partnership with the City of Atlanta, Atlanta Committee for Progress and Atlanta Technical College. Initial funding for the Center was provided by Delta Air Lines, The Home Depot, SunTrust, Intercontinental Exchange, and Georgia Power, with additional support from McKinsey & Co. and other Atlanta-based institutions.

“Atlanta is internationally recognized for its dual focus on commerce and compassion,” said Mayor Bottoms. “Our business and civic leaders have a longstanding history of working together to strengthen communities. As we now partner Atlanta’s leading corporations with one of the nation’s best technical college systems, Atlanta residents gain a newfound opportunity to acquire the skills needed to earn higher wages and better provide for themselves and their families. One of the pillars of our vision for One Atlanta is ‘residents who are equipped for success.’ The Center for Workforce Innovation is a remarkable stride towards that goal, and I look forward to seeing Atlanta’s students graduate from the Center and into our workforce.”

“The Center for Workforce Innovation has the potential to transform workforce opportunity in Atlanta, by engaging the most reputable companies to develop a talent pipeline for key sectors,” said Larry Gellerstedt, Chairman of the Atlanta Committee for Progress, and Chairman and CEO of Cousins Properties. “This effort will advance economic mobility by offering life-changing career paths, while enabling generational impact by providing Atlanta residents access to high-wage jobs.”

The Center’s five partnering corporations will collectively invest an initial $2 million to pilot three career tracks including aircraft technical skills, information technology, and skilled trades such as carpentry and electrical construction and maintenance. The $2 million investment will support high-quality instructors, a tuition balance forgiveness program and wraparound services including transportation vouchers.

Year Up Atlanta and career tech-program Per Scholas will also partner to ensure that students obtain meaningful outcomes. In addition, WorkSource Atlanta, the City of Atlanta’s workforce development agency, will provide tuition assistance of up to $10,000 to qualified students, and all students will be eligible for additional dollars through the HOPE Career Grant.  The Center for Workforce Innovation will launch its pilot program with up to 200 inaugural students in the fall of 2019.

“Investing in the communities where we live, work and serve is part of our DNA at Delta, and the Center for Workforce Innovation is a great opportunity to prepare students for the highly skilled jobs Atlanta companies need to compete in the global environment,” said Delta CEO Ed Bastian. “It has been an honor to chair this effort, and I’m excited about the future Delta employees who will join us in the years to come thanks to this initiative.”

 

Startup finalists showcase Atlanta jobs

Monday, October 29th, 2018

A number of new startup finalists will put the spotlight on Atlanta jobs.

The mayor’s Office of International Affairs and Invest Atlanta, along with international partner Metropole Toulouse, have selected the final eight companies for the 2018 Atlanta International Startup Exchange. The one-week international residency will provide Atlanta-based companies a platform for global expansion in France. Four Toulouse-based companies will also travel to Atlanta as part of the program.

“The International Startup Exchange provides businesses in Atlanta with unique opportunities and resources to increase their global presence and achieve sustainable growth,” said Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms. “It is important to build and maintain productive relationships with our growing international community as the City continues to attract new residents and investments from around the globe.”

Representatives from ThingTech, Loupe LLC, TC Poly, and Blind Tiger Communications will travel to Toulouse on September 30, 2018 through October 7 during the EmTech Conference. During the week, the startups will meet with French entrepreneurs, European decision makers, investors, and executives in their respective sectors.

“In today’s global economy, it is vital for startups to gain early access to international markets,” said Dr. Eloisa Klementich, President and CEO of Invest Atlanta. “In fact, companies exporting beyond our borders grow 20 percent faster and are less likely to go out of business. Through the International Startup Exchange, the City of Atlanta is giving our startups the chance to tap into new customers and funding opportunities. Atlanta is a global city, and part of that means hosting international startups, so they can see all of our city’s assets as they look to grow and expand.”

Four Toulouse-based startups, Geotrend, VUF, Pixstart, and VYFE, will travel to Atlanta during VentureAtlanta, which will take place October 15-19, 2018. The visiting startups will connect with local startup ecosystems, gain access to international conferences and engage with investors, business leaders and potential clients. Atlanta and Toulouse partnered for the exchange based on the strength of their existing relationships and shared growing industries.

“Sister cities Toulouse and Atlanta are ideal partners in this startup exchange. Toulouse is the home of Airbus, and Atlanta has the world’s busiest airport. Atlanta is rich in Fortune 500 companies, and Toulouse has world-renowned research institutions. It is our pleasure to welcome the Toulouse startups each year and watch them expand their global reach using the connections they make while here,” said Louis de Corail, French Consul General in Atlanta.